Visiting Derrymore: What to expect from your visit

Derrymore woods evening sun

Derrymore House is an elegant thatched cottage that stands amid a picturesque landscape estate. Over the last year extensive works have been completed with the support of Newry & Mourne Council, which has created the perfect place to enjoy nature and spend time with family and friends. Winding paths pass between grassy pastures and the beautiful planted woodland of the estate grounds, plus there is a natural play area for our younger nature explorers to enjoy.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Derrymore. Here’s some information about what to expect when you visit. Things may seem a little different as we have measures in place to enable us to open safely. Please follow government guidance on social distancing and look out for signs to help you find your way around safely.   

Before setting out

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you’ve been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

In line with government guidance, you will be required to wear a facemask in indoor to enter our new washroom facility. Please bring one with you.

A detail of the rare white bluebell at Derrymore
A detail of the rare white bluebell at Derrymore
A detail of the rare white bluebell at Derrymore

What's different?

For those of you who have not visited for a while there is now a completely new layout to Derrymore parkland. 

One-way system on arrival

We have developed a new one-way system at Derrymore, to ensure that your visit is as easily accessible as possible. Entrance to the site is via the Camlough Road entrance only. Follow the main driveway to the new car park, located at the bottom of the site, facing the walled garden.

As there is now more parking available on site we would ask those visiting to avoid parking on verges and on the main streets surrounding Derrymore, as vehicle congestion could affect the local community.

There is accessibility parking in the smaller car park to your left, just after the house, off the main driveway.

On exiting the site, vehicles should leave the car park from the opposite end that you entered which travels onto Derrymore Road.

For those who have visited before please be aware there is no longer any vehicle access to the site through the gates on Derrymore Road, however pedestrian access is available at this point.

Facilities on-site

With the support of the local council, there is now the provision of unisex toilets located at the back of the accessible car park, which will be open during opening hours.

Evening sunshine over Derrymore woods
Derrymore woods evening sun
Evening sunshine over Derrymore woods

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit.  

Children must be supervised at all times.

Please be aware that cattle will be grazing on the site from March to November, so there will be some gates that are not accessible to the public to ensure that the cattle are kept safe. This is also why all dogs must be kept on leads throughout the site, apart from in the new dog exercise area located beside the new car park.

The grilles that surround Derrymore house are very old and fragile and for your safety, please do not stand on these.

We have some bins located throughout the site but please respect the site and leave no trace, by taking any rubbish away with you.

The Stone Arch is very old and fragile, so for your own safety, please do not climb up the arch

There are no catering facilities on site, but picnics are very welcome. Please help us spend less on wastage removal by taking your litter home with you. We ask you to help protect nature by not lighting any barbeques or fires in the woodland.

All new paths are accessible for both manual wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Benches are located around the site for visitors to rest as they walk.

Above all, enjoy your visit!

We are delighted and excited to be able to introduce our visitors to the new and improved Derrymore parkland. We are so thankful for your support as we continue to look after this special place, for everyone, for ever.